Kingstanding Food Community
A multi awarding winning project engaging with over 10,000 Birmingham residents over a 9 year period.
Kingstanding Food Community comprised of a Community lead cafe, a cookery school, allotments and extensive outreach work.
Working with over 120 volunteers over the lifetime of the project, this project worked with local residents growing local food, harvesting, learning to cook and serving affordable meals to low income families.
Funded by The National Lottery Local Food, The Conway Community Orchard is set in the heart of Sparkbrook Birmingham.
The aim of the project is to educate children and the local community in the importance of good nutrition, locally sourced products and the benefits of growing at home and at school.
Over a 3 month period we worked in partnership with Conway Primary school, Trees For Cities and local community members to plant 40 fruit trees and soft fruits both on the schools grounds and in peoples homes in the community.
The Natural World Project
Working in partnership with Witton Lodge Community Association, Birmingham City Council and funded by Natural England this is a three year community engagement project with the objective being to bring communities together through accessing the natural environment. Having just completed our first year, we are delighted with the results. Weekly, we are engaging with and bringing together people from a huge cross section of the community. This project truly is a demonstration of the heart and soul of our business!
We are working within the greater community adjoining Witton Lodge Community Association in Perry Common. If either you or your school would like to get involved in this project please contact us.
The Velvet Orchard
Working in partnership with national tree charity Trees for Cities and funded by Velvet Toilet Tissue, we set about engaging the Perry Common community in the reclamation of a 'fly tip' in their local park.
Our objective was to encourage the community to fight back against anti-social dumping of waste on their doorstep by getting local residents involved in helping to clear the site and plant a beautiful, traditional orchard.
The orchard was and still is a roaring sucess, having transformed the area. The site is now used as a weekly meeting place for local residents.
A Partnership Project with Trees for Cities...creating 10 new Urban Forest Schools, planting 5000 trees accross the West Midlands. Each site is planted up with the participation of small communities:
Species list: 500 Hazel, 500 Silver Birch, 250 Oak, 150 Rowan, 125 Field Maple,
125 Wild Cherry, 125 Sweet Chestnut, 125 Cherry Plum, 100 Crab Apple, 100 Wild Pear, 100 Scots Pine, 100 Elder, 100 Larch, 50 Wayfaring Tree, 50 Guelder Rose.
The Big Seed Giveaway
Our brand new and exciting project “Veg Champions” has been launched for the year 2017.
This project aims to give FREE SEEDS to schools in the West Midlands.
We also provide online help and support with free educational tools and complimentary learning worksheets.
We have a great Facebook page too!
Our Veg Champions launch was so succesful we've given away all our free seeds already!
Over 2000 pupils will be joining in with Veg Champions this year!
Sorry if you missed out but don't despair.
The resources are free to all so it's not too late to use your own seeds and get your school / group excited about growing some lovely veg!
We would love you to share your experiences with us and join in next year.
Congratulations to those who are taking part, including...
HIGH MEADOW INFANT SCHOOL
CHRIST THE KING PRIMARY SCHOOL
RADDLEBARN PRIMARY SCHOOL
PAGANEL PRIMARY SCHOOL
WORLD'S END INFANT AND NURSERY SCHOOL
ST CLEMENTS C of E ACADEMY SCHOOL
GREENHOLM PRIMARY SCHOOL
COLESHILL C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL
KITWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL
WOODFIELD JUNIOR SCHOOL
LEIGH JUNIOR SCHOOL
....and many more!
Cole Valley clean up
Funded by the National Lottery, we have been running a year long recruitment and co-ordination of volunteers along the Cole River.
This work is desperately needed as the litter along side and in the river is of disastrous proportions.
To date, 72 volunteers and 5 schools have been involved in this fantastic project and it is been featured on numerous media sites.
To become involved with this project please contact
Young Carers Café
This project worked in partnership with the YMCA Sutton Coldfield in our community cafe in Kingstanding.
We were funded for a year to engage with local young carers in the evenings and weekends, offering a young volunteer run cafe, where young people learned new skills within hospitality such as baking, barista skills and cooking etc while meeting other young carers in the area.
This project will be restarting via the YMCA in November 2020.
Please contact us for further details.